1. Nearly 9 million LGBT Americans could one day have federally recognized marriages.
Not all states allow gay marriage, and repealing the Defense of Marriage Act won’t change that. But couples who marry in those states that do would have their marriages recognized by the federal government if DOMA were struck down.
3. About 112,770 already married same-sex couples could have their marriages recognized by the federal government.
In the states that do allow same-sex marriages, couples still don’t have all the protections of federally recognized marriage. If DOMA is repealed, that would change.
4. Half of those would receive better Social Security benefits in the event of one partner’s death.
Under DOMA, same-sex marriages aren’t recognized for the purpose of Social Security. If they were, half of married LGBT Americans would get higher benefits if one partner dies than they currently do.
5. And 30% would get better Social Security retirement benefits.
Compared with what they now get filing separately.
10. About half of those couples have children.
12. And more than 1,000 other laws involving marriage could change to include LGBT couples.
In 2004, the U.S. General Accounting Office identified 1,138 federal statutes “in which marital status is a factor in determining or receiving benefits, rights, and privileges.” Repealing DOMA would potentially make those benefits, rights, and privileges available to LGBT Americans.
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